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Opinion: Keeping Schools Safe

A recurring question I’m faced with as I travel the state, and one that has extra significance right now, is “what should we do to keep our schools safe?” The Park County School Board has been grappling with this question, and has put forth a proposal that would allow the teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds after receiving training.

The policy says, “An employee who receives approval by the Board to carry a firearm pursuant to this policy shall only fire his or her firearm if he or she reasonably perceives that his or her life, or the life or lives of others, are in imminent risk of death or serious bodily injury.” I support the excellent efforts of Park County to keep their students safe!

Currently, there are eighteen states that allow adults to carry guns on school property with school permission.

Teachers who are willing and able to complete the training should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Of course the choice to do so belongs to the teacher. Teachers will know if they are comfortable with such a choice, and as I have said before in other areas, I trust our teachers to do the right thing for their students.


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